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  • Level: GCSE
  • Subject: Maths
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"Tabloids are easier to read than broadsheets"

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Mathematics Coursework - Data Handling "Tabloids are easier to read than broadsheets" Specify the Problem and Plan I am going to investigate whether a tabloid paper is easier to read than a broadsheet. * Tabloid - 'A newspaper of small format giving the news in condensed form, usually with illustrated, often sensational material.' * Broadsheet - 'A size and format for newspapers, and a descriptive term applied to papers which use that format rather than the smaller tabloid format.' Definitions taken from: http://www.answers.com/ I am going to collect will be primary. As the data, I am going to collect it reasonably accurate and secondary data is not needed. I might have done a public vote using questionnaires but that would be a biased data and that is accessing the public favouritism but I am going to investigate readability not the favourite paper among the public. Therefore, I am going to use a mathematical way of calculating the readability of one of each type of paper and compare them, and come to a conclusion which paper is easier to read. Readability can be measured by using several factors including: * Word Length * Sentence Length * Vocabulary sophistication * Sizes of Paragraph * Percentage of Words to Pictures ratio on the page * Length of the Article * Size of Writing * Microsoft Word - readability analysis The data I am going to use to get my data from to compare the two papers are, one broadsheet and the other tabloid, which will be both dated on the same day to get familiar article from both papers allowing it to be a fair test. ...read more.

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35 100.00% 100.00% 428.57 ? 39 100.00% 100.00% 471.79 Mean = 4.2857 Mean = 4.7179 Olympic Bid Article Tabloid - The Sun Broadsheet - The Times Length (x) Freq. Percentage (f) C.F (%) fx Length (x) Freq. Percentage (f) C.F (%) fx 1 2 5.00% 5.00% 5 1 0 0.00% 0.00% 0 2 9 22.50% 27.50% 45 2 4 10.26% 10.26% 20.513 3 4 10.00% 37.50% 30 3 9 23.08% 33.33% 69.231 4 6 15.00% 52.50% 60 4 7 17.95% 51.28% 71.795 5 7 17.50% 70.00% 87.5 5 7 17.95% 69.23% 89.744 6 6 15.00% 85.00% 90 6 5 12.82% 82.05% 76.923 7 2 5.00% 90.00% 35 7 3 7.69% 89.74% 53.846 8 2 5.00% 95.00% 40 8 2 5.13% 94.87% 41.026 9 1 2.50% 97.50% 22.5 9 1 2.56% 97.44% 23.077 10 0 0.00% 97.50% 0 10 0 0.00% 97.44% 0 11 0 0.00% 97.50% 0 11 0 0.00% 97.44% 0 12 1 2.50% 100.00% 30 12 1 2.56% 100.00% 30.769 ? 40 100.00% 100.00% 445 ? 39 100.00% 100.00% 476.92 Mean = 4.45 Mean = 4.7692 Liverpool Manager Article Tabloid - The Sun Broadsheet - The Times Length (x) Freq. Percentage (f) C.F (%) fx Length (x) Freq. Percentage (f) C.F (%) fx 1 4 10.00% 10.00% 10 1 0 0.00% 0.00% 0 2 11 27.50% 37.50% 55 2 10 25.64% 25.64% 51.282 3 4 10.00% 47.50% 30 3 9 23.08% 48.72% 69.231 4 9 22.50% 70.00% 90 4 8 20.51% 69.23% 82.051 5 3 7.50% 77.50% 37.5 5 4 10.26% 79.49% 51.282 6 4 10.00% 87.50% 60 6 1 2.56% 82.05% 15.385 7 2 5.00% 92.50% 35 7 3 7.69% 89.74% 53.846 8 1 ...read more.

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compared to the picture in a broadsheet than a tabloid, because broadsheet papers write in more depth and therefore need more space for text rather than photos. I also thought the ratios would differ depending on the article topic and where it is in the paper. My hypothesis proved correct and incorporating my results of both the tests carried out both proves to conclude the same thing that Broadsheets are easier to read than tabloids. Looking at the results gathered from the percentage of text to the rest of the article all three of the articles from each paper showed the same results, that tabloids have a lower text to rest of the article ratio and broadsheets have a higher text to rest of the article ratio. This shows that tabloids are easier to read than tabloids because broadsheet newspapers write in more depth and therefore need more space for text rather than photos. To further investigate this data-handling project, a wider range of newspapers can be chosen to compare their average word length. It would establish whether the results of this investigation are a one off coincidence or whether all tabloids and broadsheets are typical to some extent. Another extension of this topic can be to compare whether the average word length changes depending on the day it is published. Weekend and weekday newspapers may vary within the tabloids and broadsheets. Other methods of readability can be used to compare the tabloids and broadsheet such as sentence length, size of paragraph, length of the article or size of writing. These may all extend this investigation. ?? ?? ?? ?? Mathematics Coursework - Data Handling Shaan Patel ...read more.

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